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Franken Yet To Decide On Resignation

| by Jordan Smith

Democratic Sen. Al Franken is yet to make a decision on whether to resign from the Senate.

The Minnesota senator came under renewed pressure on Dec. 6 from fellow Democrats after another allegation of sexual misconduct was reported, according to The Associated Press.

An unnamed former Democratic Party congressional aide told Politico that Franken forcibly kissed her after a recording of his radio show in 2006. Franken described the allegation as "categorically not true."

Franken also pushed back on a report by Minnesota Public Radio that he would announce his resignation from the Senate on Dec. 7. The MPR report was based on a Democratic official who said he had spoken to Franken.

The reports were "not accurate," Franken said, adding that "no final decision has been made."

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York released a brief statement on the matter on Dec. 6.

"I consider Senator Franken a dear friend and greatly respect his accomplishments, but he has a higher obligation to his constituents and the Senate, and he should step down immediately," Schumer stated.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon agreed, writing on Twitter, "I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow."

"It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations," added Wyden.

A number of female Democrats also joined the calls for Franken to step down, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.

"I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve," Gillibrand wrote on Facebook.

The calls came after Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan announced his resignation from Congress on Dec. 5 amid sexual misconduct allegations.

A former employee alleged that Conyers fired her after she refused his advances. Conyers settled the harassment case.

"I am retiring today," Conyers said, according to The New York Times. "I am in the process of putting together my retirement plans."

Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to succeed him.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now," Conyers Jr. added. "This, too, shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children."

Conyers III stated on Dec. 5 that he is yet to decide whether to run for his father's seat, but added he would "come to a decision by the new year."

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